When Is It Too Soon To Leave Rehab?

Seeking help for your addiction is an amazing first step, but that’s just the first step. Staying in recovery is the most difficult next step, and the next and the next. Each day can (and will) be a struggle when all you want to do is just go back to the alcohol or drug of your choice.

Why do people want to leave rehab before completion?

There are so many things you need to get right to continue staying sober: creating a healthy routine that works, collecting a toolbox of strategies, developing coping mechanisms for times you need them, maintaining a set of habits that kick in daily, learning to communicate honestly, gaining the trust of your loved ones again, and the list goes on. All of these take time to learn, so in the meantime you may want to self-sabotage the recovery plan you laid out for yourself. All of these things are what we help our clients learn when they enroll in our treatment programs, so treat yourself with some respect and compassion and stay on the path of recovery you choose for yourself.

When is it too soon to leave rehab?

The most effective rehab treatment is not just detoxing but the one that helps you stay sober for the long term. Studies have consistently shown that long term treatment plans are more effective for long term recovery. Each individual responds differently, so we provide individualized treatment plans for all our clients, based on the assessment that our experienced staff performs, but we have seen that treatment plans that are 90 – 120 days are typically the most effective ones.

If you are trying to leave rehab without completing your treatment plan you’re probably leaving too soon. If you leave rehab within the first week, you are definitely leaving too soon. In some cases where the patient has successfully completed their medical and psychiatric evaluation and has their withdrawal symptoms in control, and has had some therapy, it can provide a strong foundation to be able to continue on your sober journey on your own. But in most cases, long term rehab is essential to overcome the disease of addiction and to rewire your brain to live an independent sober life.

What is the best approach to rehab?

In our experience, we have seen that the best approach for most of our patients is to complete their detox successfully, and then enroll themselves in one of our treatment plans that include transitions into different levels of care, based on your progress. Most of our patients benefit from going into Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) after detox as a step down transition phase. For those who don’t need as much supervision but still need support, they can transition into Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) where they get all the benefits of treatment while still learning to become independent in the world outside. Lastly, we continue to support our clients during Outpatient Program so they can rely on us for support while they start living sober lives on their own. We have found that this step-by-step transition approach is ideal for our clients to gain confidence while they make progress.


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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.